Parliamentary Delegation Pays Tribute To Heroes In Paris As Hungary Prepares For 1956 Commemoration
Tamás Székely 2015.10.19.
Hungary’s parliamentary speaker László Kövér has laid a wreath at a memorial to the victims of the 1956 Hungarian anti-Soviet uprising and revolution in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris as part of a three-day official visit to France. In 1988, the then mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, made the plot for the symbolic grave available for the memorial, a symbolic grave, designed by László Rajk.
The Hungarian League of Human Rights erected the memorial at the initiative of Tibor Méray, a writer and journalist living in Paris, on June 16, 1988, a year before the ceremonial reburial of 1956 martyrs in Budapest. Every year since, a memorial event has been held in Père Lachaise. Méray also attended the wreathlaying ceremony. The Hungarian parliamentary delegation also included co-ruling Christian Democrat lawmaker Rózsa Hoffmann and green opposition LMP group leader András Schiffer. After the ceremony, they set off to the French senate to meet members of the French-Hungarian friendship division.
At the weekend, László Kövér laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arch of Triumph in Paris. The ceremony was held in the company of hundreds of Hungarian and French participants to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet revolution and freedom fight and to pay tribute to the martyrs.
In Hungary this year’s official commemorations of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising will include exhibitions, films screenings and a walk through history in the Hungarian Radio building, the organisers said. Nóra Ivády, head of the defence ministry’s national event organising office, said that the series of commemorative events will start on October 21 with a wreath-laying ceremony at the 1956 Technical University Memorial.
The university, the site where students in 1956 set out on their famous march, will host a second commemorative event on Wednesday afternoon, involving a meeting of former students, to be followed by the annual torch-lit march to the Bem statue. On October 23, Hungary’s national flag will be raised with military honours at 10am, and a variety of programmes will be held throughout Hungary to mark the revolution’s 59th anniversary.